Ireland punish profligate Hungary

Published: Wednesday 23 April 2008, 15.00CET
Hungary 0-2 Republic of Ireland
Goals at the start of either half earned the visitors victory in Miskolc as Hungary were left to rue missed chances.
Ireland punish profligate Hungary
Stephanie Curtis scored an excellent second goal for Ireland ©sportsfile
Published: Wednesday 23 April 2008, 15.00CET

Ireland punish profligate Hungary

Hungary 0-2 Republic of Ireland
Goals at the start of either half earned the visitors victory in Miskolc as Hungary were left to rue missed chances.
Goals at the start of either half from Michelle O'Brien and Stephanie Curtis earned the Republic of Ireland a 2-0 victory against Hungary in Miskolc, to move above Sweden and into second place in UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 2.

Dream start
Noel King's side were overwhelmed in their last outing in February but any early nerves were soon allayed when O'Brien opened the scoring after 18 seconds, outmuscling two defenders before deftly lobbing goalkeeper Melinda Szvorda. The Republic of Ireland had chances to extend their lead, but were increasingly forced on the back foot by a Hungary team growing in confidence and it took something special from Curtis after the hour to make the points safe. The striker rifled in an unstoppable shot after a well-rehearsed free-kick to keep Irish hopes alive and leave Hungary at the foot of the section.

Hungary profligate
O'Brien and Curtis may have taken the headlines, but the Irish were equally indebted the excellent Emma Byrne. The Arsenal LFC goalkeeper made a string of saves, most notably when the hosts were awarded a penalty for handball seven minutes from time. Katalin Fogl stepped up, but Byrne made a splendid save and the forward then fired the rebound over the crossbar. It was a wastefulness that typified Hungary's performance, as Anett Nagy and Anita Padár, in particular, squandered fine build-up work in front of goal. Their side will now look to avoid the wooden spoon while the Irish prepare for June's decisive meeting with Sweden.

Last updated: 23/04/08 15.14CET

Lineup

Hungary

Hungary

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

9Cecilia Gaspár
Substitution61'
3Sharon Boyle
14Zsanett Jakabfi1Emma Byrne (GK)
15Krisztina Kanta2Marie Curtin
11Anett Nagy11Stephanie Curtis
Goal63'
8Anita Padár4Niamh Fahey
6Angela Smuczer7Ciara Grant (C)
Substitution88'
3Éva Sümegi (C)6Sonya Hughes
5Anita Szekér10Michelle O'Brien
Goal1'
Substitution90+1'
1Melinda Szvorda (GK)8Aine O'Gorman
Substitution90+3'
18Szabina Tálosi
Substitution73'
5Yvonne Tracy
13Monika Benkõ
Substitution86'
9Edel Malone

Substitutes

16Tímea Gál13Alisha Moran
Substitution90+3'
7Gabriella Tóth
Substitution86'
12Olivia Christin O'Toole
Substitution90+1'
12Eszter Papp (GK)14Meabh De Burca
Substitution88'
2Anita Stefán16Lynn Bradley (GK)
4Szilvia Szeitl15Claire Josephin Scanlon
10Katalin Fogl
Substitution73'
17Seana Cooke
17Evelin Ferencsik
Substitution61'

Coach

Attila Vágó (HUN) Noel King (IRL)

Referee

Aneliya Sinabova (BUL)

Assistant referees

Gergana Vidova (BUL), Yordanka Korcheva (BUL)

Fourth official

Brigitta Zsuzsanna Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Hungary

    Hungary

    Next match womensworldcup: v Romania, 25 August 2010
  • Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland

    Next match womensworldcup: v Russia, 21 August 2010
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